by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 10, 2017
The 220-room W Bellevue has opened in this city on Lake Washington, just east of Seattle. The new-build hotel's décor aims for a lakeside-cabin feel.
 
"Throughout the brand's nearly 20-year history, W has come to be known for reinvention," said Anthony Ingham, global brand leader for W Hotels Worldwide. "Our design process has evolved to center around each destination's respective history, environment and culture, and with Bellevue as a tech-capital and center for innovation in its own right, we are thrilled to unveil W Bellevue, the first new-build W Hotel in North America in seven years."
 
Hotel guests enter to a reclaimed wood staircase surrounded by colorful street art from international artist Gaia; other artwork throughout the property include original pieces from artists Lady Aiko and Zio Ziegler. The W's Living Room lobby features A-frame beams lining the ceiling; the space leads to the open-air Porch, where guests can enjoy a cocktail while relaxing on a porch swing by the fire. Public areas also include the Library, above, filled with romance novels and vintage board games.
 
For VIPs, the 2,300-square-foot, two-bedroom Extreme Wow Suite on the 13th floor offers views of the lake, two king beds (one of which hangs from the ceiling), a state-of-the-art surround-sound audio system, an in-room pool-and-poker table, a retractable flat-screen TV and hanging porch swings.
 
"From being welcomed by bold street art, surprised by a library of pulp fiction and quenched by craft cocktails at the Living Room bar, W Bellevue is sure to become a destination in its own right for both guests and locals alike," said Matt Van Der Peet, general manager of the new hotel. 
 
The property's restaurant, the Lakehouse, features a Northwest farmhouse concept, while Civility & Unrest, a speakeasy-inspired cocktail lounge, comes from James Beard Award-winning chef, Jason Wilson. The property has about 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 4,400-square-foot Great Room.